Fonzie is a dog from Racine, Wisconsin. He was trained by Vicki Pingel of Compassionate Paws to be a service dog for a boy named Ryan who has autism. Fonzie is an Autism Light because he is acting as a calming effect on seven year old Ryan Mills, who has autism.
Fonzie was injured in an attack a year ago while undergoing training. Two of the other service dogs in training with Fonzie were killed in the attack and he was the only one to survive. Ryan’s mother, Michelle Mills, says that if Fonzie was tough enough to be the only dog to survive the attacks then he is strong enough for her son. Below is the news story of how Fonzie survived the attack to find his home with the Mills family as an autism service dog.
The Fox6 News story of the above story is found at http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-20111120-autistic-dog-helper,0,3863267.story. For more information on Compassionate Paws visit their website at www.compassionatepaws.org.
Autism Light #91
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